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Phil Krinkie drops out of GOP 6th District congressional race

Krinkie’s withdrawal leaves two Republicans in the race to replace Michele Bachmann: Tom Emmer, who has the party endorsement, and Rhonda Sivarajah.

Phil Krinkie said today that he’s dropping out of the race for 6th District seat in the U.S. Congress.

He had bypassed the April party endorsing convention and said he would run in a primary, but he now says he’s ending his campaign.

Tom Emmer won the party’s endorsement to run in the election to succeed GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, who’s not seeking re-election.

Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah announced after the convention that she’ll run in the August GOP primary against Emmer.

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Krinkie, who is a former president of the Taxpayer’s League of Minnesota and once served in the state House, said in a statement:

“It has been a spirited contest and I greatly appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have received from family, friends and conservatives across the country.
“But given the momentum of the Republican endorsement process, matched with the realities of a three-way primary, it has become clear that the responsible decision is to exit the contest and return my focus to advancing the conservative agenda in Minnesota.”